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The seven basic steps of veneer production are

1. Log Procurement

Log Procurement We purchase logs that grow in both public and privately owned forests. Highly trained log buyers inspect the logs or standing trees and negotiate the purchase, or in case of competitive sales make a bid for the raw material parcel.

2. Sawing

Sawing The logs are debarked and sawn lengthwise to produce two, three or four flitches prior to cooking.

3. Cooking or Steaming

Cooking or Steaming The flitches are placed into large stainless steel or aluminum lined vats.

4. Slicing/Peeling

Slicing/Peeling Thin sheets of veneer are sliced, peeled, or half-round peeled from the flitches. Many burls are, however, peeled in one piece if they are best suited for that kind of production.

5. Drying

Drying Each sheet is fed either manually or, in many case, mechanically into ultra-modern third generation steam or hot water heated press dryers, which flatten the veneer while they dry.

6. Clipping/Grading

Clipping/Grading Most veneers produced go through a clipping line, where the edges are straightened, most defects are cut out, and the sheets are bundled in 16, 24 or 32 sheet bundles. Then the veneer goes through an electronic measuring machine that feeds the measurement and grade into the computer, after an expert grader has sorted it for grade, length and anticipated best use.

7. Sales

Sales The veneer is sold to furniture, door, and panel manufacturers, but also to interior decorators, architects, carpentry stores, merchants and others that use veneer.

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